Getting Your Phil: March

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By Phil Colpas

The best deterrent against crime on Siesta Key costs nothing

While most things change, some solid ideas remain steadfastly resolute. That is the case here.

Many years ago, for several years, I covered Siesta Key’s police beat for the Pelican Press. And the best advice cops gave back then to avoid becoming a victim of theft is what they are still saying today. This is especially true in beach communities where there are guaranteed to be a plethora of unattended vehicles: Lock your doors!

The easiest way to alter behavior is to create a new, in this case good, habit. Regardless of whether you are entering or exiting your vehicle or home, lock the door once you pass through it. Do this for a few weeks, and before you know it, it will become second nature.

Once you develop the habit, you won’t have to think about it. It’s free, and it remains the easiest, best way for you to prevent being burglarized.

Also, police warn against leaving valuables in your vehicle. If you have no choice, make sure they are out of sight in the trunk.

And again, lock your doors! Most would-be thieves move quickly from vehicle to vehicle, or house to house, until they find one that is unlocked.

Take it back, Texas!

Does Siesta Key feel more humid overall to you than it used to? It may not be your imagination. A recent weather study confirms that Florida is indeed growing more muggy. In fact, according to the study, it’s now listed as the muggiest place in the United States, a dubious honor that had historically been bestowed alternately upon Louisiana and Texas.

The study was conducted by HouseFresh, a home product evaluation company. It found that Pinellas Park and St. Petersburg were the two most humid U.S. cities, while North Port was listed fourth. According to the analysis, the 20 most humid cities in the U.S. are all in Florida — 17 in southeast Florida, two in Tampa Bay and one in southwest Florida.

Using data from the weather-tracking website WeatherSpark, the study looks at humidity in Florida in a way that previous studies have not. HouseFresh analyzes the humidity level by measuring dew point temperature, which is the atmospheric temperature below which water droplets begin to condense and dew can form. The dew point determines whether sweat is able to evaporate from the skin, cooling the body. Higher dew points feel more humid, lower dew points feel drier.

Each city’s muggiest day was broken down into six categories: dry, comfortable, humid, muggy, oppressive and miserable. For more than a third of the muggiest day in Florida, all 20 cities were deemed “miserable.”

Fill ‘er up … um, halfway

The AAA auto club reported in February that gasoline prices have climbed another 12 cents a gallon in Florida, the highest since July 2014.

Gas prices in February averaged $3.47 per gallon, according to AAA, up 27 cents from a month earlier and 98 cents from one year ago. In the next few weeks, gas prices are expected to rise another 10 to 15 cents due to rising crude oil prices.

Geopolitical tension in eastern Europe along with colder-than-average temperatures have conspired to create the rapid increase.

Yet another reason to support increased use of transportation alternatives on Siesta Key, including golf carts and the trolley system.

Dog lovers unite!

Manatee and Sarasota counties have several dog-friendly pubs and restaurants, but soon Sarasota will have a restaurant catering specifically to dogs and their owners.

Located in the historic Ice House building on 10th Street in the Rosemary District, just north of downtown Sarasota, Boo’s Ice House & Dog Bar is scheduled to open this summer. According to its website, it will be “Sarasota’s newest place to dine, drink and paw-ty with your pup.”

Guests can enjoy beer, wine, spirits and comfort food while watching their pets play in a gated indoor and outdoor area at Boo’s.

Visit Boo’s website at boosdogbar.com and sign up for their “paw-some” newsletter.

Phil Colpas
Author: Phil Colpas

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